Published on : Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Everyone knows this region in the Mid-Atlantic, straddling the borders of Delaware and Pennsylvania, as a place to visit in the springtime, when gardens are at full bloom and the beauty of the destination is beyond compare. However, some would argue that Christmas is an even more stunning time of year to admire the famed du Pont family properties, getting a good dose of history along with that holiday spirit.
The HAGLEY MUSEUM AND LIBRARY is where it all began for the du Ponts when they arrived in the United States. In 1802, they set up their gunpowder factory and their home at Eleutherian Mills, nestled along the banks of the Brandywine River. From November 24 through January 1, 2018, the mansion features holiday décor reminiscent of the du Ponts’ French heritage – dried flowers, fruits, ribbons and fresh greenery – with heavily decorated Christmas trees and even an elaborate Twelfth Night dessert display in the dining room. Christmas music fills the air as guests get a look at some family-owned objects that are only on display at this magical time of year.
Period rooms also demonstrate how an 1800s family would occupy its time during the winter months – reading, drawing or playing games. These seasonal exhibits are included with standard admission for a guided tour during the holiday season, plus there are special twilight tours on December 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, offered every half hour between 4:30 and 7 p.m. For a $10 admission fee, guests can see the mansion fully dressed for the holidays and also brilliantly illuminated by glowing lights.
The DuPont Company ultimately became the world’s largest manufacturer of black gunpowder, then delved into a variety of other research and manufacturing ventures that resulted in the family becoming among the wealthiest and most powerful in America. They established homes and gardens throughout the region, each celebrated for its glamour and beauty.
Source:- Wilmington & the Brandywine